St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/21/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: St. Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (-120) Sharks (+109)
SAP Center is the venue where Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks (16-18-2, 6th in the Pacific Division) will play the St. Louis Blues (22-8-6, 1st in the Central Division) on Saturday. The line on this matchup has the Blues priced at -120 and the Sharks are at +109. The total is set at 6. The Blues cover 61.1% of the time, having gone 22-14 SU. The Sharks cover 41.2% of the time, going 14-20 straight up.
The St. Louis Blues come into the game holding a record of 22 wins and 8 defeats, ranking them 1st in the Central Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 109 goals which has them ranked at 6th in the conference and 15th in the league. Their goal differential is +16, ranking them 6th in the league. The Blues have earned a total of 50 pts, which has them ranked at 3rd in the league and 1st in the conference. In connection with shots on goal, they have earned a total of 1,088 which has them ranked at 11th in the West and 22nd in the league. As a group, St. Louis has collected a total of 710 hits which has them averaging 19.7 per contest. They have earned a total of 350 blocks for the year. The man in goal for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is 26 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,526 minutes in net for the season. Binnington is surrendering an average of 2.44 goals per game which has him ranking 6th among West goaltenders and 15th in the NHL among goalies. For the season, he has given up 62 goals. He has a save % of .920 which has him ranking 8th among West goaltenders.
The St. Louis Blues had a good night with a 2 - 1 win over the Edmonton Oilers in their previous contest. The Blues had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the win. For this matchup, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 44 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. St. Louis had 8 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Blues was 47 and the Corsi against was 36 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 56.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 38 while the Fenwick against at even strength was 34, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 52.8%. They earned 15 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 48.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 102.5 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Edmonton Oilers earned 36 shots. They finished with 10 penalty mins and they tallied 4 power play attempts.
The Sharks are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 16 victories and 18 losses. With reference to goal differential, they are ranked 15th in the conference and 29th in the league with -28. They currently have a total of 96 goals for the year which is good for 11th in the West. San Jose has a team save percentage of .886 which has them sitting 30th in the league, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.3% which is good for 8th in the conference. In net for San Jose is Martin Jones who is having a rough year by surrendering 3.30 goals per game and that has him ranked 31st among West goaltenders and 58th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,528 minutes he has played this year, he has given up 84 goals. He holds a save % of .888, which has him ranking 32nd among West goaltenders and 62nd in the NHL among goaltenders.
The San Jose Sharks faced the Arizona Coyotes in a matchup where the Sharks ended up losing by a tally of 3 - 2. For this game, San Jose went home with a 57.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 44 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 33. They had a Fenwick percentage of 60.0% by notching a Fenwick of 33 and the Coyotes earning a 22 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that San Jose played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO at even strength was 84.9 and they earned an oZS percentage of 70.8%. The Sharks netted 2 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Coyotes had 3 power play opportunities but were not able to notch a goal. San Jose gave up 19 shots on goal and the Coyotes earned a total of 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take San Jose (+109)
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